Vegan-friendly clothing is becoming a trend in Australia, but not everyone can wear them.
A new study suggests that many women will have trouble dressing up as women, even if they want to.
Australian author, author and vegan Naomi Klein has been writing about veganism for the past 10 years.
The author, who has been called the “Jane Austen of veganism”, told ABC Radio’s 7:30 programme that there are a lot of barriers to dressing up and that there is still a long way to go to make it easier for women to get dressed.
“There’s still a lot to learn and we’re just starting to make strides in that direction,” she said.
“I think the real challenge is to make sure that there’s really a community of people who feel comfortable wearing clothing that’s vegan-friendly.”
The study, conducted by the National Women’s Institute (NWI), found that only about 15 per cent of Australian women aged 18-29 have ever tried clothing made from vegan materials, despite the fact that 70 per cent said they had been in a store in the past year.
The NWI found that a significant number of women said they were not ready to wear vegan-made clothing.
“We were able to identify a large group of women who were either unsure whether or not they could wear the clothing, or were unsure whether it was possible to wear the clothes,” the study said.”[It] shows a significant lack of confidence that a lot women are going to feel in wearing vegan clothing.”
The researchers also found that while many women were confident wearing vegan-inspired clothing, they were “not necessarily” comfortable with wearing it on their own.
The research found that “a large number of Australian young people” were uncomfortable wearing vegan clothes, despite wearing vegan apparel in stores.
“They may feel uncomfortable about wearing vegan items in a public space,” the NWI said.
While the study showed that women were concerned about being perceived as being “unvegan”, it also found some women felt a little more comfortable wearing a vegan-influenced outfit.
The survey found that more than half of young women surveyed were “more comfortable with an outfit that is mostly made from plant-based materials such as vegan and/or non-animal products”, and that about one in three respondents were “very comfortable” with the way they looked in a dress made from a plant- based material.
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